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Jeep finally has its own Kia Telluride competitor. But the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L still maintains the brand’s identity as a rugged SUV. That doesn’t mean there isn’t incredible value to be had with this family-oriented Jeep.

If you’re considering purchasing this evolution of the Grand Cherokee, then you’ll want the best deal possible. So, we’ll help you break down which trim level in the Grand Cherokee L’s extensive lineup gives you the biggest bang for your buck. That way, you’ll have a solid plan before this model arrives on dealership lots this spring.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L’s high-end features aren’t worth the cost

A look at the luxurious interior of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve
The interior of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve | Stellantis

Jeep pulled out all the stops when it debuted its three-row version of the Grand Cherokee. These high-profile available upgrades include a 19-speaker stereo, massaging seats, ambient lighting, and a night-vision camera. But as you may imagine, these amenities aren’t cheap, and savvy car shoppers may want to avoid them altogether.

For example, the top-of-the-line 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit is outrageously well-equipped. However, Jeep’s recent press release announcing the vehicle’s pricing will leave you shell-shocked. The Summit has an outrageous starting MSRP of $56,995. 

You could argue that the aforementioned features are worthy of the luxury-level price. However, this model resides well outside the price range of many large families shopping for a three-row SUV. Plus, those willing to spend nearly $60,000 will likely compare this SUV to real luxury models, such as the value-packed Audi Q7.

Which 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Trim provides the best value?

A black 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve parked next to a lake on rugged terrain
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve on display | Stellantis

Do you have a penchant for adventure and the need to seat seven passengers? If so, then the rugged 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Laredo is an excellent choice for you. This model outperforms other popular three-row SUVs, such as the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, on rugged terrain. Plus, its pricepoint is incredibly affordable.

You might be ready to exclaim, “But the Laredo is the Grand Cherokee L’s base trim!” And you’d be correct. However, Jeep equipped this entry-level model with a surprisingly impressive amount of features. Plus, Laredo models come with the same 290-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine that Jeep equipped on all other trim levels. So, you won’t miss out on any added power by sticking with the entry-level model.

Jeep gave Laredo models a starting MSRP of just $36,995 for rear-wheel-drive models. Purchasing a model with a 4×4 system – which we highly recommend on just about any Jeep – adds $2,000 to the cost of the SUV.

What features come standard on the Laredo?

Get a first look at the all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, isn’t known for including many standard smart safety systems on its vehicles. However, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee bucks the trend. After all, it is a family SUV, and your loved ones need protection.

Jeep included forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking systems as standard equipment. These features work together to identify an imminent crash, and it’ll automatically engage the brakes if the driver fails to do so in time. Thus, the SUV will help mitigate damage or avoid an accident altogether.

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L also features a wealth of other standard driver-assistance technologies. These systems include adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and more.

You’ll also discover an impressive amount of amenities inside the cabin. Highlights include an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10.1-inch digital gauge cluster. Additionally, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L features a class-leading 12 USB ports so that everyone can keep their devices charged on the go.

Jeep also proves that base models don’t have to be boring. You can add the Altitude appearance package ($40,195 MSRP) if you want your midsize SUV to turn a few more heads. Doing so provides you with 20-inch gloss-black wheels, a unique seven-slot grille, and other gloss-black accents and badges.


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